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Pairing Wine with Ham

Wine and Ham Pairing

Pairing Wine with Ham Offers a Host of Possibilities

If you are serving ham for your holiday meal, there is a fundamental question you need to answer before choosing a wine to pair with ham. What type of ham do you have? There’s a plethora of hams … canned, fresh, bone-in, bone out, spiral cut, black forest…and you know what? None of that matters. Read More

Pairing Wine with Pork Roast

Wine and Pork Roast

Pairing Pork Roast with Wine – There’s Lots of Choices

I love wine with pork roast. It has so many variations that pork and wine pairing offers endless combinations. I don’t know why so many people feel that pork roast is a meat that has to be covered up by a sauce, glaze or fruit compote. It’s fantastic by itself just nicely seasoned. Read More

Wine Bottle Shapes – Individuality Can Reek Havoc With Your Storage

Just like people, wine bottle shapes vary greatly. They run the gamut from short and squatty to tall and elegant – from traditional to funky (depending upon how creative the winery’s marketing department was feeling that particular day). Usually, wine bottle shapes reflect the area from where the wine grape hails. For instance, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay usually have wine bottle shapes reminiscent of those found in Burgundy, the area where those grape originated. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec on the other hand usually come in wine bottle shapes similar to those of Bordeaux, the region of their origins. For the purpose of this blog, we’ve identified the six most common wine bottle shapes found in the US. Their origins go back to western Europe and US winemakers have generally stayed true to the wine bottle shapes used in Europe. Read More

The Wine Bottle Rant

Wine Bottle Shapes and Sizes In A Wine Rack

Wine Bottles Shapes and Sizes…The Variations Are Almost Endless

For hundreds of years, wine bottle shapes have stayed the same. Shapes for Bordeaux wine bottles have straight sides. Burgundian wine bottle shapes are wider than Bordeaux bottles and have sloping shoulders. Just to really mess with us, those tricky French made the Rhone style wines come in bottles that are almost Burgundian in shape but are actually just a little thinner and taller. Most new world wineries use the same ones for Burgundy and Rhone but the French bottles are technically different. The Champagne bottle form matches function because there is a “sh**load” of pressure in there. A different shape or thinner glass would likely result in a dangerous incident when it breaks under pressure, causing an explosion complete with shrapnel. Then there is the Champagne cork that’s moving at roughly twice the speed of sound and is guaranteed to take out an eye, hit a guy in the crotch or a woman in the chest – possibly all three at once if you subscribe to the JFK single bullet theory. Read More

Winemaking: How Much Wine in a Vine?

Grapes ready to turn into wineWine connoisseurs may be able to tell Chianti from Pinot Noir, but even these self-proclaimed experts do not know all the facts about wine. Here are a few common questions and answers about winemaking that every wine-lover should be able to answer:

How much wine is in each bottle?

Wine is measured in milliliters. The standard amount of wine in each bottle is 750 milliliters, which is equivalent to 25 fluid ounces.

How many grapes are used to create each bottle?

It takes approximately 2.5 pounds of grapes to make each bottle of wine. Although grapevines vary widely in their ability to produce grapes, an average vine can generate somewhere between 15 and 20 pounds of grapes over a three-year period. This means that a typical grapevine can turn out six to eight bottles of wine in about three years. As grapevines age, they grow significantly longer and wider, producing more grapes and, thus, more wine.

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Winemaking: How is Wine Made?

Harvesting grapes at a vineyardMaking wine is actually a much easier process than one might expect. Although winemaking is a skill that predates most recorded history, many wine aficionados do not understand the basic process. This article attempts to break down the winemaking process into five simple steps for transforming vineyard grapes into delicious wine:

Step One: Extracting Flavor

The luscious flavor and aroma must be extracted from the fruit before any other step in the winemaking process. This can be accomplished by chopping, crushing, pressing, boiling, or soaking the grapes. Before taking any of these actions, the fruit must be properly prepared. Sometimes, the grapes are peeled and the seeds are removed, though neither of these actions is essential to the procedure. Before extraction, all grapes with brown spots or signs of mold or rot are rejected from the winemaking process.

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